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Funding OSF-SA Open Society Foundation for South Africa


OSF-SA considers applications for funding twice a year through two grant cycles. Applications outside of OSF-SA’s grant cycles will only be considered through Special Calls or through solicitation via the Research and Advocacy Unit (RAU).

Applications made through OSF-SA grant cycles must align with our strategic grant-making focus areas. OSF-SA’s grant-making operates through two thematic programmes:

OSF-SA’s grant cycles do not apply to the Research and Advocacy Unit (RAU). The RAU does not accept unsolicited applications. Please visit the RAU page to learn more about the work of the RAU.

Before considering applying for funding from OSF-SA, please take some time to familiarise yourself with our strategic grant-making focus areas, selection criteria, and grant-making process.

OSF-SA grant cycles are managed by OSF-SA’s Grant Support Unit together with OSF-SA Programme Staff. For any grant-related queries, please email

Application Process

The application process has multiple phases, beginning with the submission of an Expression of Interest (EOI). The EOI phase is open to all eligible organisations. If your EOI is accepted, you will be invited to submit a full application and participate in a site visit. The OSF-SA Board makes all funding decisions. Each grant cycle takes place over six months. Click here to learn more about each step.

Funding Cycles and Important Dates

OSF-SA’s 2018 funding cycles are now closed. Please follow us on Twitter and Facebook for future funding announcements.

The process for 2019 funding cycles will be shared shortly.

Programmatic Funding Priorities for 2018

OSF- SA has two thematic programmes:

  • Justice, Equality, and Rights, and
  • Information, Expression, and Accountability.

Expressions of Interests (EOIs) received will be assessed based on the strength of their alignment with each programmes’ focus, in addition to meeting OSF-SA assessment and eligibility criteria. Click here to learn more.

Eligibility and Assessment Criteria

OSF-SA EOI/Application and Reporting Templates and Useful Information

OSF-SA uses an online Expression of Interest (EOI) / Application system. During the application process, you will be asked to upload additional information which must be provided on OSF-SA’s templates. Click here for more information.


Unsure? Have a question? Please visit our FAQ page.

Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI)

Open/Special Calls

From time to time, OSF-SA may issue a special call for issue or theme specific applications and proposals. For current open calls please click here.